Minnesota State heads up WCHA coaches, media preseason polls as top team in conference

Marc Michaelis (Minnisota State - 20). ((c) Shelley M. Szwast 2016)
Marc Michaelis posted 42 points in 42 games in 2018-19 for Minnesota State (photo: Shelley M. Szwast).

Defending WCHA regular-season and playoff champion Minnesota State is the favorite to repeat as league champions, garnering nine first-place votes in the 2019 preseason coaches poll and all 10 votes in the preseason media poll.


School (First-place votes)Points
1. Minnesota State (9)90
2. Bowling Green (1)82
3. Bemidji State63
4. Northern Michigan61
5. Michigan Tech59
6. Lake Superior State58
7. Alaska39
8. Ferris State38
9. Alabama Huntsville30
10. Alaska Anchorage20


School (First-place votes)Points
1. Minnesota (10)100
2. Bowling Green89
3. Northern Michigan72
4. Michigan Tech68
5. Bemidji State62
6. Lake Superior State57
7. Ferris State37
8. Alaska27
9. Alabama Huntsville26
10. Alaska Anchorage12

In addition, Minnesota State senior forward Marc Michaelis is the coaches’ and media pick as preseason Player of the Year, while Mavericks freshman Nathan Smith was the choice for preseason Rookie of the Year.

The coaches and media also selected identical preseason All-WCHA Teams.


Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Marc MichaelisFSr.Minnesota State
Parker TuomieFSr.Minnesota State
Brandon KruseFJr.Bowling Green
Philip BeaulieuDSr.Northern Michigan
Alec RauhauserDSr.Bowling Green
Dryden McKayGSo.Minnesota State